PuppeTree Presents: Swimmy/Swimmer

On Wednesday, July 8 at 11am, join us in welcoming Vermont’s PuppeTree to the library with a stunning new production of Leo Lionni’s classic children’s book Swimmy. This fully authorized multimedia production blends shadow puppets, animation and projections performed by the PuppeTree’s founder Ann Legunn. A visual and musical treat Swimmy features a classical music score that draws us into the undersea world and introduces children to lyrical work of Debussy.

The companion piece, Swimmer, is an original work inspired by Lionni’s wonderful story, set on a picturesque New England river. A young girl recognizes the threats to her beloved river and learns to organize the people that live along it’s banks to change their behavior and preserve the magic of the river. Swimmer boasts an original music score by Patrick Ross a fifth generation Vermont fiddler and composer. Visual artists, musicians, puppeteers and craftsman have worked over 3 years to bring this beautiful and inspiring show to life.

Swimmy/Swimmer is ideal for 3 – 12 year olds and their families. Priority seating for Summer Reading Program attendees.

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Register Today for Our Free Summer Programs for Kids!

Join us this summer for one or more of our fabulous, free programs for kids and teens!

Every Hero Has a Story
Summer Reading Program

Every Hero Has a StoryDates: July 7 through August 7, Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-12pm
Ages: All ages welcome

Stories, crafts, special guests, book giveaways, and more. Keep track of your reading over the summer and you could be eligible to win some special prizes. Stop by to pick up your free reading log and to learn how it works.

Register at the library or by calling 518-828-1792.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the BooksDates: Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm, July 9-September 10
Battle: Saturday, Sept. 12
Ages: Grades 6-9

Battle of the Books is a regional book trivia contest for youth. All Hudson participants have the opportunity to participate in the Bound By Books radio show! Battle books will be supplied.

Register at the library or by calling 518-828-1792.

Spark Media Moviemaking & Animation

Spark SharkWorkshop: Mini Movies
Dates: Saturday, July 18, 1-5pm
Ages: 13-18
In this workshop, youth will learn the entire process of filmmaking including scripting, cinematography, and editing their own narrative short films.

Workshop: Animation Mania
Dates: Wednesdays, July 29-Aug. 19, 4-6pm
Ages: 7-12
In this workshop, youth will learn the art of stop-motion animation to create a short animated video. Participants will write the story, create the backgrounds and characters, use animation software, and record voiceovers and sound effects.

Both workshops are led by Spark Media Project. To register contact Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480.

Make a Graphic Novel

graphic_novelDates: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-2:30pm, June 30-July 23
Ages: 10-14

Create your own comic! Make your own characters, dialogues, and story. Learn how to combine words and images in panels to tell a story. Led by Barbara Slate. Space is limited.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Register at the library or by calling 518-828-1792.

We look forward to seeing you this summer at the Hudson Area Library!

History & Film Presentation: Rhythm Feet with Operation Unite

teaching_tap4Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy/Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center kick off their Rhythm Feet Part II tap dance program on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30pm at the Library with a family presentation of the history of tap dance. Dance artist, Stefanie Weber, will lead the presentation and offer a tap demonstration. All are welcome. For more information on the complete Rhythm Feet program visit Operation Unite’s event listing on Facebook.

Kids Book Sale and Magic Show!

Book Sale Room bargains abound for kids of all ages during a special two-day sale on February 20th and 21st. On Friday, 1-4pm and Saturday 10-2pm, the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be offering thousands of children’s books at bargain prices. This is a perfect opportunity to bring the kids to the library and purchase great books to encourage reading throughout the year!
Picture books, early reader books, chapter books and a large selection of titles for teens are available. There’s a large variety of subjects too, including adventure, classics, fairy tales, history, nature, sports and much more in many formats–board books for the little ones, hardcovers and paperbacks, plus movies, games and music.
Michael Runak
In addition to this super sale, on Saturday, from 11-1pm, the Friends are hosting magician, Michael Runak to perform magic, illusions and balloon sculpting. Runak has been entertaining young and old alike for fifteen years, driven by his love for the wonders and mysteries of magic. This is an opportunity to experience the art of magic up-close that you won’t want to miss!
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Black History Month and Valentine’s Day in the Children’s Room

In addition to our regularly scheduled children’s programs, February will feature special children’s programs during out-of-school hours to celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day.

In honor of Black History Month, Operation Unite will offer a series of programs celebrating important people and events in African American history. The series will incorporate stories, music, movement, arts, and crafts. Join us Thursdays, February 12 and 19 and Wednesday, February 25, from 4-5pm for this fun and educational program.

Stop by the Children’s Room between 3pm and 5pm Tuesday through Friday, February 10-13 (the week of Valentine’s Day) to make your own unique Valentine’s Day cards with Ms. Kathy. We’ll provide the materials. Just bring your imagination and create a special card for a special someone (or more!) in your life.

Story Hour with Special Guest, Jerrice Baptiste

JerriceBaptisteHudson Valley based poet and educator, Jerrice Baptiste, will be our special guest during Story Hour on Wednesday, January 14 at 10am. Baptiste will read from her children’s book, Tu Es Ma Belle, a poetic story about a young girl’s Haitian family tradition that ties together family living in many different places and across generations.

Book Sale Blitz

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is celebrating the New Year with a Book Sale Blitz! For two days only, everything in the Book Sale Room will be half price. This incredible sale starts on Friday, January 16th from 1-5pm, and continues on Saturday, January 17th from 10 -2pm.
The shelves are packed with a wide assortment of new and gently used books, all carefully sorted and displayed for easy browsing. An assortment of specialty and newly released books in a multitude of categories, including a wide range of unique vintage and collectible books, will also be offered.
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Final Multicultural Adventures Program of 2014!

OperationUniteChinaThemeMulticulturalAdventuresThe Multicultural Adventures program with Operation Unite wraps up this week with a multicultural celebration! Join us as we explore different countries and cultures through music, dance, stories, crafts, and other fun activities! The final program will includes a picture craft from Bangladesh, henna hand art from India, music and dance from Turkey, and poetry, music & dance from Colombia. The program will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 3:45-5pm in the Children’s Room. All ages are welcome! We hope you will join us!

This free community arts program, a collaboration with Operation Unite, is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.